Nunoa Project is a US non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation which provides education and support to farmers, students, and veterinarians in the US and Peru. We are a small organization with a very dedicated staff. Our work is funded solely by donations from US alpaca owners. We provide educational and training programs in the US under our North American Camelid Studies Program (NACSP) which is headquartered in Amherst, MA. The NACSP provides educational programs for future and practicing veterinarians and animal owners using alpacas and donkeys as teaching animals. We operate in Peru to improve the production of alpacas for farmers in the southern Andes Mountains. Alpaca wool is the main product of the farmers there and they live there in very poor conditions, not being able to afford good food or medical attention for their families. Our goal is to improve their alpaca production, thereby increasing their income so that they may increase their standard of living. Twice yearly we bring students and veterinarians from the US and South America to work directly with farmers in the southern Andes in the Department of Puno, in the Districts of Nunoa and Pucara. Currently we are supporting handicapped and elderly people in the town of Nunoa by providing a grant for the operation of a yarn production project to employ those people who are otherwise unemployable locally. We also recently distributed 300 wool blankets to farm families in Nunoa District. Another ongoing project is the collaboration with two Peruvian non-profits in a vaccination program in the alpaca herds near Pucara to eliminate the high losses of newborn alpacas, which average 50-90% each year. Another function of our work in Peru is to expose students to the challenges and rewards of working in international agriculture. These young people are the future veterinarians and public health professionals who will be the ones to help solve the world’s poverty problems in agricultural areas. You can see more information about our work on our website at www.nunoaproject.org.
Steve Purdy, DVM
Nunoa Project President
North American Camelid Studies Program Director